The state plans to launch a new website Friday that promises to be a clearinghouse for information on COVID-19 vaccines.
The website is vaccinate.iowa.gov. Governor Kim Reynolds says it will be a reliable source of vaccine information specific to our state so people will know when they’re eligible and how to get the shot.
The site will also contain a vaccine locator to find providers near you.
The governor says the state’s making significant progress in getting people vaccinated, with nearly 622-thousand doses administered so far. Next week, Reynolds says it’s expected that 70-percent of the Tier One populations in Iowa will have gotten at least one dose, which includes first responders, K-12 teachers and child care workers. She says the state’s planning ahead for the -next- group.
The governor says doses of the third vaccine, made by Johnson and Johnson, will begin arriving in Iowa next week, with an initial shipment of 25-thousand doses. That new vaccine will require only a single vaccination with no booster, as the other two companies’ shots require.
And the state is also launching a new service to help get older Iowans scheduled for a vaccine. Starting the week of March 8th, Iowans age 65 and up will be able to call 211 and speak with a vaccine navigator to get scheduled for a vaccine at a nearby HyVee pharmacy. Governor Reynolds will share more details about that in her press conference next week.
story contribution courtesy of Radio Iowa